We strongly recommend all CF patients receive the vaccine to protect themselves and others from infection. Vaccination against the COVID-19 virus has been shown in large scale trials to protect you from getting sick, being hospitalized or dying after infection with this virus. People with CF are vulnerable because they have underlying lung disease as well as some of the risk factors associated with worse health outcomes such as diabetes. Studies have shown that people with CF who have received a transplant are at increased risk of being admitted to the hospital, requiring oxygen and even dying after infection with COVID-19.
Currently the most common variants of COVID-19 are offshoots or subvariant of Omicron (XBB1.5). The booster (3rd or 4th vaccine) you got in the fall will protect you against Omicron and that includes the new variants.
Remember, vaccines don’t prevent you from getting COVID-19 but they prevent you from getting very sick.
There are no new vaccines yet since the fall.
Current recommendations for people who are not at high risk (and people with CF are not at high risk unless they are over age 65 or are immunocompromised) is that if you had your booster after Sept 1 2022, you do not need another booster yet. We will get advice about the next booster in the fall of 2023.
Click here for the latest guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health.